03:19PM | 10/27/04
Member Since: 10/26/04
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I'm refinishing my fireplace mantel and I'm using a piece of quarter round moulding between the mantle and the wall.

What is the best (best looking) way to cut the ends of the quarter round moulding?

Stuart Wohl


05:34PM | 10/27/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hi Stu,

It's a bit hard to picture given your description. But if you're talking a single length of quarter round, it's best to miter 45s at each end and plug 45s going "nowhere" (say, into the wall) so that you don't end up with exposed "end grain".

If the quarter round is to turn any corners, it needs to be mitered. You want NO END GRAIN showing.

By "end grain", I mean what you'd see if you just cut the quarter round at 90 degrees.

As for your miter corners, try and keep them clean and tight. You might have to waste some pieces to get the hang of doing it. You don't want gaps. But then again, it's a forgiving medium; it's OK to do some filling, caulking, etc. so don't try for perfection.

Best of luck!


-k2 in CO

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